The developer of Deliverys, a package tracking app listed as an App Store editor’s choice, which some people find here The edge rely on has said they are “no longer able to maintain the same level of service” thanks to a lack of support from delivery companies. In a post from April 5th Written by developer Mike Piontek, the company says that “deliveries are dependent on many different shipping companies, and without their help it’s not possible for the app to continue working as you expect.”
The impetus for the Post seems to be the fact that Deliverys can no longer track FedEx packages. While the app typically allows users to follow their package’s progress on a map or receive notifications when something changes, the app does not currently display an estimated delivery date, current location, or other information when using a FedEx tracking Enter the number. Instead, you will be prompted to open the FedEx tracking page for the package in your web browser.
MacRumors also reports that a delivery feature that allows you to paste an Amazon order link to track your package also no longer works.
Response to a customer on April 4th, Junecloud (the company that does deliveries) tweeted that FedEx will be removed from its list of supported services, and claims FedEx “made the decision to block third-party trackers like deliveries from their API.” FedEx developer website doesn’t seem to mention any massive changes to its API, although it does suggest that starting March 31, anyone issuing or creating custom notifications for soil management labels should send people to its website instead.
There are also reports have been that FedEx is working on adding the ability to track packages from other carriers to its own app, which would make it a competitor to apps like Delivery.
piontek said in a later tweet that he didn’t know of anything customers could do to track FedEx packages in deliveries. june cloud says You can still add FedEx packages to deliveries, but you’ll only see tracking information if you go to an online view. According to its services page, this type of change has already occurred with other carriers such as Royal Mail and Australia Post.
Junecloud’s post predicts that other carriers will start blocking access to their APIs. The company says that “it’s likely that over time, more services in Deliveries will no longer display tracking information directly in the app,” and apologizes that these kinds of changes make the app less useful. Junecloud also says it will do its best to make deliveries as useful as possible.
like some people have commented, the post begs the question of whether this change is coming for every delivery app – will all developers drop support for tracking FedEx packages, and will shipping companies push people to their first-party apps? Ivan Pavlov, the developer of package tracking app Parcel, said The edge in an email that some developers might be able to handle the changes:
“I believe FedEx has limited access to its tracking website. It became a problem for Deliverys and they stopped supporting it. FedEx is still supported in the parcel service. Of course, there is always the possibility that something will change or break in the future.”
However, Pavlov agreed with Junecloud’s post that transport companies sometimes take a hostile attitude towards third-party delivery apps. “Supporting different carriers is a challenge, and not all are friendly to third-party developers. There is no guarantee that a carrier will always be supported in every app, including mine.”
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/11/23021155/deliveries-package-app-fedex-api-services Shipment tracking app loses FedEx access, blames shipping companies